As Israel continues to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority to end its payments to terrorists and their families, the P.A.'s leadership continues to resist. Our friends at JNS report that P.A. chief Mahmoud Abbas says, “Even if we only have a penny left, we are going to first put it toward these payments”:
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Monday that he would not cut payments to families of terrorists despite an Israeli law punishing his government for doing so.
“We will never stop paying the families of the martyrs and the prisoners, despite the efforts to prevent us from doing so,” he said.
He warned that “even if we only have a penny left, we are going to first put it toward these payments.”
The Knesset recently enacted a law on to financially penalize the P.A. for paying stipends to terrorists imprisoned in Israel and their families. The law allows Israel to withhold various tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians as a means of pressuring the P.A. to stop this practice, which has been referred to as “pay to slay...”